Rock Hudson

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It’s difficult to imagine what it must have been like to see Seconds in 1966. The third entry in John Frankenheimer’s unofficial “paranoia trilogy” (the other two titles being The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days in May), this adaptation of David Ely’s novel of the same name saw the director shifting from political conspiracies to a full fledged existential crisis of masculine identity. The dystopian sci-fi/psychedelic noir is easily one of the darkest, loneliest films ever funded by a Hollywood studio. That Seconds also stars Rock Hudson – the handsome, unassuming lead of many successful Technicolor comedies and a man rarely afforded the title of “serious actor” during his time – in a role originally meant for Laurence Olivier likely heightened the disorientation that made Seconds such an un-remarked-upon film (read: total flop) during its original release.

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Today is James Dean’s birthday! Everyone should celebrate by watching this oil-covered trailer and then heading out to see the movie. This flick was nominated for Best Picture back in 1956 (released after Dean’s death a year earlier) but ridiculously lost to Around the World in 80 Days. Still, it’s legacy as a fantastic film lives on, and it even acted as a forerunner for There Will Be Blood. This is Texas. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:

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Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a movie that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents the story of a gritty ranch hand who makes it big with black gold, a feud between two families, and the emptiness of wealth in making a man complete. No one drinks anyone else’s milkshake, but a bunch of wine bottles get smashed. So do a lot of lives.

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Most in this generation don’t even know what a party line is (or they think it’s something political) but a party line was right in the heart of the concept for this film. The trailer promises some great Doris Day singing, a sad sack Tony Randall, and Rock Hudson lying through his teeth to get the girl. You just can’t beat that. Think you know what it is? Check out the trailer after the jump.

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There’s a scene (video below) midway through the Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959) that has always fascinated me. Through the benefit of hindsight, it’s impossible to watch the scene as it was viewed contemporaneous to its release.

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